Eight Spokes to a Balanced Life

At the beginning of the year, one of the most logical exercises to do is to plan "New Year's Resolution".Yes, admit it. We have all set New Year's Resolutions at one point or another. Whether you are still in school, a student, at work, or even in our Golden Years.

This is also often the time when we reflect on how balanced our life is, or if you thought your life was balanced, you might have been recently knocked off your pedestal and need to re-evaluate your life and how you are going to fix it.

There is for example not a lot of sense in being an accomplished marathon athlete, but your finances are in shambles and you hardly spend any time with your family (unless you are all running together.) Of you are a multi-millionaire, but you are so overweight that you can hardly breathe, let alone walk.


Albert Einstein

Enter the 'Wheel of Life'.

The wheel of life is a visual tool used to assess and understand how balanced your life is at this present time. Using this tool, you map out the areas of your life on a scale of 1 to 10 in a circle that resembles the spoke of a wheel. Once you have finished you connect the dots and see if your wheel is roadworthy.

No one person is alike and we all have different roles to play which change as you progress through life, but in the end, there should be eight main focus areas that need to receive attention at some point or another.

1.  Spirituality

  • Relationship with God
  • Morals & ethics
  • Stewardship
  • Spiritual Accountability
  • Local Church Affiliation

2.  Health & Wellness

  • Physical Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Stress Management
  • Medicine & Healing
  • Mind/Body Wellness
  • Healthy Living

3.  Family

Relationship & activities with:

  • Parents
  • Children & siblings
  • Extended family
  • Spouse/intimacy/sex

4.  Finances

  • Financial Status/Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Frugality

5.  Career

  • Career Planning
  • Workplace Relationships
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Skills
  • Management Skills
  • Leadership

6.  Fun & Recreation

  • Sports & Hobbies
  • Arts & Music
  • Literature
  • Home Improvements/Garden
  • Travel
  • Leisure
  • Humor/Fun

7.  Personal Development

  • Self-esteem
  • Intellect
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Reading
  • Motivation
  • Recovery

8.  Social Interaction

  • Friends
  • Community Involvement
  • The Environment

Download a FREE Wheel of Life Template here.

Wheel of Life Template
Wheel of Life Unbalanced Life Example
Wheel of Life Balanced Life Example

How to complete the wheel of life?

Give yourself a score from one to ten in each category. One being very poor/close to non-existent to ten being an absolutely perfect score. Remember to be realistic and honest with yourself. If you want to, you can always make a dot between main numbers, i.e 7,5 if you honestly cannot decide between 7 or 8.

Connect the dots and see if your wheel has got any chance of being workable.

It does for instance not help if you score a 9 on half of the categories, but below 5 on the rest.

The results should be straight forward and self-explanatory as to where you need to spend more time and energy in your life.

The exercise will become even more valuable if you ask your family members, spouse, or co-workers to complete the wheel of life based on their assessment of you.

Somewhere between your answers and theirs you might find a clear plan on how to journey towards a more balanced life.

As a take-home, remember that nobody is perfect. 

Strive for progress, not perfection. 

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Comments 1

Guest - Johan Hendrik Venter on Saturday, 09 January 2021 17:25

Very insightful,a great article as always

Very insightful,a great article as always
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